Clare adores Luke, her elder brother. But Luke is in prison again, allegedly because of theft. And while her parents try to keep up appearances and welcome Luke with open arms again and again, Clare starts to doubt his innocence. She has always wanted to look upon him as a hero, but is her idealization justified?
Why did he take her money box in the past? What about the thefts in the neighborhood, which were denied by her mother time and again? And what were the reasons for the terrible brawl with her father she wasn’t allowed to talk about? When finally Clare gets entangled into Luke’s scheming and nearly loses her friends‘ trust, she starts to fight back. And when her brother Peter dares to entrust a secret concerning Luke to her, Clare’s worst fears come true!
This book is suitable for young adults over 14 years old.
Anna Shinoda worked in music Public Relations for several years after college and eventually discovered a love of writing for young adults. Soon after devoting full-time attention to writing, Anna became a member of the Society Of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Her work has been nominated twice for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Learning Not To Drown is her debut novel.